The opening ceremony of REACH online work centers in the Business and Technology Incubator BTI of the Islamic University-Gaza.
The Business and Technology Incubator BTI at the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education at the Islamic University of Gaza inaugurated REACH online work centers within the REACH project to reinforce cross-border work opportunities in Palestinian higher education institutions.
The opening ceremony was attended by: Prof. Nasser Farhat - President of the Islamic University, Dr. Alaaeldin Al-Jamasi - Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Sadiq Abdelall Project REACH Project’s Manager, Engineer Basil Qandeel - Director of the Business and Technology Incubator, the project team, and participants from the academic and administrative staff at the Islamic University.
Prof. Farhat explained the great achievement that the Business and Technology Incubator offers to the community in terms of courses and training in various fields that mimic the contemporary requirements and the local and international market. Prof. Farhat indicated that persistence and determination are the beginning of the success of projects and reaching the desired goals.
Dr. Al-Jamasi pointed out that this inauguration of the center was in partnership with the office of the administrative vice president, the engineering office and the procurement department at the university, hoping for the necessity to work on preparing other halls and equipping them with the latest specifications to support the graduates.
Dr. Al-Jamasi pointed out that the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education has graduated (69) thousand male and female students in various programs, like courses and integration services for people with disabilities, or providing temporary or permanent job opportunities for graduates.
Dr. Abdelall said that the project was an old idea, and the current trend is to work from a distance, and the center targets three colleges: the College of Information Technology, the College of Arts, and the College of Engineering.” Dr. Abdelall explained that three halls were equipped, including a training room, a computer room equipped with the best specifications for montage and programming, and a free space hall equipped to work for students and graduates.
Dr. Abdelall pointed out that the cross-border work center connects trainers and employers with the incubator's graduates; to be targeted to employers by uploading the graduate's page and his experience on the center's page to facilitate access to them.
It is worth noting that REACH project is funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Program CBHE to reinforce access to cross-border work opportunities in Palestinian Higher Education Institutions PHEIs, and aims to provide the graduates with the necessary capabilities so that they can develop their potentials as well as actively participate in sustainable economic development in Palestine by online work.